Life is Good

Nas - Life is Good
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2012 Ratings: #166 / 1093
User Score
Based on 289 ratings
2012 Ratings: #189
Liked by 3 people
July 17, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
Sign In to rate and review


A.V. Club

Life Is Good leaves Nas in his comfort zone, where the vital music of his youth proves a rousing platform for commenting on matters of middle age.

No Ripcord

Nas has partially returned to the late 80’s/early 90’s golden age of hip hop sound that inspired his debut, taking influence from production greats like Run DMC, the Bomb Squad and Eric B.

Beats Per Minute

This album is the most original work one of the greatest MC’s of all time has released in more than a decade.


Song for song, it's his most solid, disaster-free album since, well... we won't go there

Consequence of Sound

This is Nas’ strongest album in 18 years and three months– yes, since his debut album Illmatic.


For the most part he sticks with tried-and-true allies Salaam Remi and No ID behind the desk, and they deliver an album as raw as anything since his 1994 classic ‘Illmatic’. 

Drowned in Sound

At this stage in his career, and following in the footsteps of two records that arguably tripped over their own concepts, it’s great to hear Nas sounding focussed once again. 


Strings, synths, and trains accompany Nas through a contemplative, reflective record reminiscing on times of old (like Back When) and considering the future (like Daughters). The front-to-end listen is more solid then the average front-to-end Nas album listen, and the highs are great enough to warranty repeated listens. The strings on A Queens Story are so heavenly, they'd fit in on the new Simz album perfectly. This album is definitely for the tried-and-true Nas fan who wouldn't expect this ... read more


Honestly something that is good but had a lot more potential. Life Is Good is a mature and introspective look from Nas on being an older rapper with his glory days long behind him. The problem here is the amount of filler and out of place songs like "Summer on Smash". This albums saving grace is containing some of Nas' greatest works such as "Daughters" and "Cherry Wine"

Best Track: Cherry Wine
Worst Track: Summer on Smash


Best song= Cherry wine


No Introduction 70/10
Loco-Motive 8.5/10
A Queens Story 9.0/10
Accident Murderers 8.5/10
Daughters 8.6/10
Reach Out 9.0/10
World's An Addiction 8.4/10
Summer On Smash 8.0/10
You Wouldn't Understand 9.0/10
Back When 8.2/10
The Don 8.5/10
Stay 9.2/10
Cherry Wine 100/10
Bye Baby 8.8/10
Nasty 10/10
The Black Bond 8.7/10
Roses 9.0/10
Where's The Love 8.2/10


1. No Introduction +
2. Loco-Motive +
3. A Queens Story -
4. Accident Murderers -
5. Daughters -
6. Reach Out +
7. World's An Addiction +
8. Summer On Smash +
9. You Wouldn't Understand +
10. Back When +
11. The Don -
12. Stay -
13. Cherry Wine +
14. Bye Baby -
15. Nasty -
16. The Black Bond -
17. Roses +
18. Where's The Love -

9/18 50%


Favorite Tracks : No Introduction, Loco-Motive

Least Favorite Track : Summer On Smash

Purchasing Life is Good from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

Added on: May 1, 2012